Herding cats - an apt description

@JudyEv (136870)
Bunbury, Australia
March 3, 2017 7:34am CST
Vince and seven mates get together once a week for a very informal game of golf. Four or five of the eight are Vietman vets and at least three are on TPI pensions (Totally and Permanently Incapacitated), mostly with mental health issues. They are all around 70 and have a wild time, abusing each other, no doubt belching and farting. They play mates' rules. It's very bad etiquette to throw a golf ball out of the rough but it is okay to kick it out. One man carries four balls in his pocket. If his first hit isn't very good, he just had another go with the next ball. Afterwards they have coffee and fries although the latter isn't recommended for any of them. Plans are in hand to travel to Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia. Yes, we have a Denmark too. It's like herding cats to try to get a consensus from them but now the date has been set and we will each book on our own. Herding cats is, I think, a great description for the problems involved in trying to get eight men to concentrate long enough to agree on anything. I'm sure we'll have a great time. The men will play golf and the ladies will shop, drink coffee and eat cakes. What could possibly go wrong? Photo is of pelicans practising their dance routine in Denmark.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
3 Mar 17
What can go wrong?? Just because you asked the question I think alternative plans are in order lol. And what's with the belching and farting anyway, my men folk are like that too.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
Yes, as soon as someone says that, you start looking for wood to touch! And most men are just big boys aren't they?
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@jstory07 (71207)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 Mar 17
Men think it is cool to belch and fart.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
@jstory07 They do indeed. They are like little boys when they get together.
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@JohnRoberts (65038)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Mar 17
Crazy pelican dance party!
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
There was a fisherman throwing fish entrails to them and they'd all go the same way as he threw. It was funny to watch.
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@Trensue (5253)
• United States
3 Mar 17
My whole world feels like herding cats and they are just two old men. Good luck!
@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Mar 17
I can understand your difficulties!
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
3 Mar 17
If you are asking, you have something in mind that could possibly spoil this reunion. In your opinion what could possibly go wrong? Do you have a B plan?
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
As soon as I say what could possibly go wrong, I feel I need to cross my fingers and toes! We don't really have a B plan but maybe we'll have to walk dogs all day. Two couples have no dogs, one couple has two, another couple has one, another couple has a new dachshund that they paid $1,000 for (more money than sense I think) and another couple has a new little puppy. The last couple - the wife is allergic to almost everything, including dogs, so yes, we might need a plan B! Maybe I'll just stay home. After writing all that down - I hadn't thought of it before - home is beginning to look really good. And we haven't even left yet!
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@LadyDuck (182256)
• Switzerland
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv Oh my! I would not like to walk around all the day with so many dogs, this is not something I would be tempted to do. Prepare a B plan.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
@LadyDuck I may need to develop a very bad headache - Plan B. I hurt my back putting up the caravan annex - Plan C. I have food poisoning - Plan D (that one is always foolproof to get me out of some event). That should be enough, don't you think?
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@pgntwo (22753)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
3 Mar 17
I was about to point out cats don't normally have wings or beaks... Then I read your post. Very apt. What could possibly go wrong...? Enjoy your cake ;)
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
I don't think I want to pre-empt problems so I'll wait in less-than-eager anticipation to see what turns up! And I'll keep the camera handy. Something is bound to happen.
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@pgntwo (22753)
• Tripoli, Lebanon
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv Usually when you're looking t'other way, I find!
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@TheSojourner (17298)
• United States
3 Mar 17
LOVE the pelicans. They are an interesting bird. I also like cranes.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
Yes, pelicans are amazing. In one area near Perth they zoom in and land on a light pole. So clever. They remind me of flying boats.
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• United States
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv great description! Flying boats
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
3 Mar 17
Sounds fun. I haven't played golf in years.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
They play in pairs and if there is an odd person (they're all odd but you know what I mean), he becomes the 'swinger' and joins a different pair for each hole.
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@sallypup (29302)
• Moses Lake, Washington
3 Mar 17
I'd love to see pelicans up close. You need to get busy with a video camera.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
Sometimes I think I'd like to take videos but then I'm too lazy really.
@Corbin5 (119431)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Those guys would be so much fun to watch!!! Hope the guys can focus long enough to get this trip set.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
It would be nice to be a bug in the grass watching them play. We have a date which is the main thing and now it's every (wo)man for her/himself.
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@Ronrybs (7931)
• London, England
3 Mar 17
There is a video on Youtube of an old advert about cowboys herdings cats. These things amuse me! Just say at this point that I don't trust pelicans after one was busy eating pigeons in St James' Park
A 2000 US commercial for EDS. Cats Cat cowboys. Untold story of the West More commercials : http://www.youtube.com/CulturePub .. All rights reserved. For all...
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
I have seen this before. It's great isn't it? I should think there'd be plenty of pigeons for everyone. Are pelicans common in St James' Park? I wouldn't have any idea really but I've never thought about pelicans in London's parks. And have you heard this before:
http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Lehrer-Collection-CD-DVD/dp/B0039TD73G/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1284930177&sr=8-3 Use the above link and get the uninterrupte...
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@Ronrybs (7931)
• London, England
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv I think St James' is the only place I've seen them and they've been there everytime I have. Beyond that, the only other place I've seen them was in California
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
@Ronrybs Isn't that interesting? So are they a long way from the sea there?
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@Morleyhunt (21409)
• Canada
3 Mar 17
Anything and everything. Asking what could possibly go wrong, sounds like an invitation.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
It does doesn't it? And commenting to Anna, I've just realised there will be five little dogs tagging along and one lady is allergic to dogs and just about everything else. Oh well, at least it will make an interesting post perhaps.
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@Morleyhunt (21409)
• Canada
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv I'll look forward to hearing about it.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt I'm thinking I might need to feign a head-ache and stay in my caravan!
@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar 17
I've not heard that description before, but it's very good. I'll remember it and trot it out myself sometime, if you don't mind
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
I don't mind at all. It totally fits some situations doesn't it?
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv It certainly does, it's very descriptive.
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@Lucky15 (33687)
• Philippines
3 Mar 17
I just learned something, herding a cat ;)
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
It would be nearly impossible to do this wouldn't it? That is how it has been trying to organise our friends for a golf trip. :)
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@Lucky15 (33687)
• Philippines
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv it is, now i can have the right term :)
@Madshadi (8991)
• Brussels, Belgium
3 Mar 17
Sounds like an adventure. You will have a lot to share when you come back.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
I hope to have some more nice photos. We have been there a few times but there is always something new to see if you have your eyes open.
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@Madshadi (8991)
• Brussels, Belgium
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv looking forward to seeing your new photos
@amadeo (75759)
• United States
3 Mar 17
I am sure they are doing the ZumbaWhat do I know.LOL
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
They could well be doing the zumba. I think they need a bit more practice though. :)
@amadeo (75759)
• United States
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv maybe a little shake will not hurt.LOL
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@rebelann (43055)
• El Paso, Texas
3 Mar 17
Lovely photo. I think the only time men make concrete plans for something is when they want to go fishing and wives aren't included. I haven't a clue why though.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
It can be hard to get a consensus sometimes but we've got a date and venue so things are looking good.
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@rebelann (43055)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Mar 17
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@DianneN (87820)
• United States
3 Mar 17
Sounds like the ladies will have fun! As a matter of fact, so will the men. Lol!
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
We're suggesting the men leave early in the morning and get back in time to take us out for dinner! Does that sound like a plan to you?
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@DianneN (87820)
• United States
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv Perfect!
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@Juliaacv (34160)
• Canada
3 Mar 17
I've never heard of the expression herding up cats, its cute and from the discussion, I think that it fits!
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
We're doing well. We've tied down a date and we're all staying at the same caravan park so we've made great strides!
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@Juliaacv (34160)
• Canada
4 Mar 17
@JudyEv That's great, enjoy the time when it comes!
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@silvermist (20114)
• India
4 Mar 17
@JudyEvThis sounds almost like a story.. Coffee and fries once in a week? Well,And the ladies shopping,drinking coffee and eating cakes.I am sure all of you will have a grand time.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
Yes, we'll be putting a lot of effort into having a great time. :)
@DWDavis (15034)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 Mar 17
I love the expression 'herding cats." I often use it to describe trying to walk my seventh graders from one part of campus to another.
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@JudyEv (136870)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
At least with kids you can pull rank or get cross or something but it's a bit harder with elderly friends!
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